North Wales Business Academy continues to thrive

  • 01 Dec 2017
The North Wales Business Academy (NWBA) launched in 2017 and is a partnership between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (lead Partner), Bangor University, Coleg Cambria and Wrexham Glyndŵr University. 

The project offers up to 70% discounted University Accredited Training for Businesses in North Wales, depending on the size of your business. 


The NWBA offers strategic business training, followed by specialist courses concentrating on core business themes.

The training is suitable for even the smallest businesses, as long as they have the commitment and desire to grow, and to develop their customer bases or products. 

Established companies such as Patchwork Country Foods, Plas Menai, and Cambrian Credit Union are already benefiting from the training, as well as tech start-up GeoBrio Consulting Ltd and to name just a few. 

Gary Jones, from North Wales Business Academy explains: “The North Wales Business Academy offer businesses a unique opportunity to be part of a training programme that brings people together to examine their business, get up-to-date with current thinking and most importantly meet, learn from and talk to other business people. 


“The training is accredited by the Higher Education Institutions involved in the project: either Bangor University or Glyndŵr University. This means members of the Academy can be assured about the quality of training they receive.”

Courses are delivered in a friendly environment with likeminded business people. This format proved successful for Rich Brady, Managing Director of Brady Global Ltd. 

Rich joined the NWBA in summer 2017 and the training has already had a big impact on his business. 

“When I joined the NWBA it was a busy time for the business and a challenging time. At first I hesitated about whether I wanted to commit the hours to the doing the Strategic Business Analysis (SBA) course. 


“Our overheads had been increasing and sales were dropping at the beginning of 2017. We had made new investments, and while I was sure they would pay off, I can't say I wasn't worried for a while, so I threw myself into firefighting. It was around that time I decided to book myself onto the course and commit, rather than wait for this mythical 'right time' that rarely appears.

“The SBA gave me the opportunity to take a step back and really think about the next 5-10 years. The mentoring that was included was invaluable, and the academic work has informed the future direction of the business – starting with the re-brand and launch of Brady Global Ltd– it’s taught me to be acutely aware of what is going on around us in terms of mobile, purchasing patterns and other emerging technologies.”

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